five a.m. epiphany

2 january 2011 | 26 tevet 5771

i realized something
at five a.m. this morning
it started out as a sad letter to a friend unfinished & unsent like so many letters i’ve tried to start lately
& i got choked up
& i slept on it
a little while

& then i read your poem
& yours
& i felt defeated,
how will i ever speak up?
& then i came upon this, the good news:

poetry
is the struggle
too.
& not just too,
it is.

words
on the page
& words
spraypainted on the wall that someday we will be able to buy souvenir pieces of god willing,
& words
chanted
in the streets & words
shouted defiantly at prime ministers preaching war crimes

words
written
in letters
to prisoners
telling them
we’re still out here
fighting for them,
poetry
is the struggle,
words

words
we say to one another
in order to keep going
even if in the moment there’s nothing we can say but terse and emotionally bankrupt “keep strong” “tremble on” small words candles in the dark when we need them,
the struggle.

it’s true that we are giving
our time our money our spirit our arms & legs & eyes & lives our children lovers mothers & selves

but remember
even if especially if
you are so small & afraid
beaten down & long silenced
words are deep in your soul & all around you in the air
cursive & block weaving us together weaving stories community history around us & through us
so that no one walks
alone.

don’t lose heart.
the greatest joy is that we can never run out of words.
dig deep,
snatch them out of the air,
speak,
poetry
is the struggle.

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About mirit mizrahi

artist, writer, activist, giant. זהירות! אני מזרחית
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2 Responses to five a.m. epiphany

  1. Sarah says:

    I am not very good with words, hence I know this is (i.e. poetry) one struggle I can´t take part in, but I know what I like, and I like this poem.

    Keep up the Struggle.

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